See Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin’s political career in pictures

Former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin was elected to the City Council in 1971, running against an incumbent in the city’s first district elections. She served for 22 years, eight as mayor — the first woman popularly elected to the position. Here’s a look at the political career of Rudin, who died Thursday, as photographed by The Bee:

Her first campaign for City Council

“Anne Rudin takes time out from homemaking duties to attend a kaffee klatch and answer questions about her candidacy” reads the caption accompanying a photo with an October 1971 Bee story profiling Rudin before she first won a seat on the Sacramento City Council.
“Anne Rudin takes time out from homemaking duties to attend a kaffee klatch and answer questions about her candidacy” reads the caption accompanying a photo with an October 1971 Bee story profiling Rudin before she first won a seat on the Sacramento City Council.
Anne Rudin sews at home on Oct. 20, 1971, as a Bee reporter and photographer shadowed her for a day before the election. A registered nurse who hadn’t practiced for six years at the time of the race, Rudin refused to be listed on the ballot as a housewife. She ran without a ballot designation.
Anne Rudin sews at home on Oct. 20, 1971, as a Bee reporter and photographer shadowed her for a day before the election. A registered nurse who hadn’t practiced for six years at the time of the race, Rudin refused to be listed on the ballot as a housewife. She ran without a ballot designation.
Anne Rudin does some shopping on Oct. 20, 1971, before becoming the first woman elected to the Sacramento City Council in 20 years.
Anne Rudin does some shopping on Oct. 20, 1971, before becoming the first woman elected to the Sacramento City Council in 20 years.
Ann Rudin celebrates her upset of incumbent Sacramento City Councilman Peter Franchi with her husband Edward Rudin, director of the Sutter Memorial Hospital mental health center, on Nov. 2, 1971. The last woman to sit on the City Council was Belle Cooledge, who served from 1948 to 1951.
Ann Rudin celebrates her upset of incumbent Sacramento City Councilman Peter Franchi with her husband Edward Rudin, director of the Sutter Memorial Hospital mental health center, on Nov. 2, 1971. The last woman to sit on the City Council was Belle Cooledge, who served from 1948 to 1951.

Councilwoman Rudin

Sacramento City Councilwoman Anne Rudin attends a meeting on April 4, 1974.
Sacramento City Councilwoman Anne Rudin attends a meeting on April 4, 1974.
Councilwoman Anne Rudin stands on a street in Land Park, which is part of her district, on Jan. 17, 1979.
Councilwoman Anne Rudin stands on a street in Land Park, which is part of her district, on Jan. 17, 1979.

Mayor of Sacramento

Coretta Scott King receives a key to the Sacramento on Thursday, May 2, 1985, from Mayor Anne Rudin during a reception and press conference at the Interfaith Service Bureau. King spoke to the state Legislature earlier in the day about making the first federal holiday honoring her late husband a day of “great national celebration and unity and renewed patriotism.” Congress set the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to begin in 1986.
Coretta Scott King receives a key to the Sacramento on Thursday, May 2, 1985, from Mayor Anne Rudin during a reception and press conference at the Interfaith Service Bureau. King spoke to the state Legislature earlier in the day about making the first federal holiday honoring her late husband a day of “great national celebration and unity and renewed patriotism.” Congress set the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to begin in 1986.
Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, vaulted into prominence by Gary Hart’s withdrawal from the presidential race, talks with Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin at Wednesday at the Harry S. Truman breakfast club at the Capitol Plaza Inn in Sacramento in May 1987. Dukakis was on a tour of the west asking for support for the Democratic nomination.
Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, vaulted into prominence by Gary Hart’s withdrawal from the presidential race, talks with Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin at Wednesday at the Harry S. Truman breakfast club at the Capitol Plaza Inn in Sacramento in May 1987. Dukakis was on a tour of the west asking for support for the Democratic nomination.
Mayor Anne Rudin speaks with well-wishers at her election night party on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1987. The mayor won a second term with a comfortable margin over challenger Brian Van Camp.
Mayor Anne Rudin speaks with well-wishers at her election night party on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1987. The mayor won a second term with a comfortable margin over challenger Brian Van Camp.
Robby Burroway, 6, Sacramento, feeds birthday cake to Julio, an 8-month-old blue and gold macaw as Mayor Anne Rudin and Supervisor Illa Collin watch during 65th birthday celebration for the Sacramento Zoo on March 23, 1992.
Robby Burroway, 6, Sacramento, feeds birthday cake to Julio, an 8-month-old blue and gold macaw as Mayor Anne Rudin and Supervisor Illa Collin watch during 65th birthday celebration for the Sacramento Zoo on March 23, 1992.
Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin presents Republican Gov.-elect Pete Wilson with a key to the city during the two-hour reception at the California State Railroad Museum on Sunday, Jan. 6, 1991. With the pair are Wilson’s wife, Gayle, and Gayle Wilson’s younger son Phillip.
Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin presents Republican Gov.-elect Pete Wilson with a key to the city during the two-hour reception at the California State Railroad Museum on Sunday, Jan. 6, 1991. With the pair are Wilson’s wife, Gayle, and Gayle Wilson’s younger son Phillip.
Mayor Anne Rudin tries to finish some work in 1991 before leaving on a two-week trip to China and Japan.
Mayor Anne Rudin tries to finish some work in 1991 before leaving on a two-week trip to China and Japan.
Mayor Anne Rudin received a gift from Sacramento City Council members Heather Fargo, left, and Lynn Robie at a community luncheon honoring the mayor in 1992. They gave her a basket filled with bubble bath, soap and a romance novel.
Mayor Anne Rudin received a gift from Sacramento City Council members Heather Fargo, left, and Lynn Robie at a community luncheon honoring the mayor in 1992. They gave her a basket filled with bubble bath, soap and a romance novel.

Passing the gavel to Joe Serna

Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin hugs Mayor-elect Joe Serna after she made her closing remarks at her final City Council meeting November 1992.
Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin hugs Mayor-elect Joe Serna after she made her closing remarks at her final City Council meeting November 1992.
Incoming Mayor Joe Serna and outgoing Mayor Anne Rudin accept congratulations from a well-wisher at a gathering in the Bull Market restaurant, following the outgoing council’s final meeting.
Incoming Mayor Joe Serna and outgoing Mayor Anne Rudin accept congratulations from a well-wisher at a gathering in the Bull Market restaurant, following the outgoing council’s final meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Anne Rudin pitches papers into a discard barrel on Nov. 20, 1992, as she cleans out her office in City Hall, her nine years as mayor drawing down to the last days. Charlene Noyes of the Sacramento City Archives, in the background, assists the mayor with cataloging keepsakes, gifts and documents to be held in city archives.
Outgoing Mayor Anne Rudin pitches papers into a discard barrel on Nov. 20, 1992, as she cleans out her office in City Hall, her nine years as mayor drawing down to the last days. Charlene Noyes of the Sacramento City Archives, in the background, assists the mayor with cataloging keepsakes, gifts and documents to be held in city archives.
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